Having sold my 1929 President 8 Studebaker years ago (insert photo above with me
behind the ‘bonnet’ - hood to you guys and no not my wedding, just supplied car and
driver) it was time to get back into vintage cars again. We spent over 4 months looking
online and at auctions event etc. Although I was looking for another Pres 8 Studebaker
my pocket book said no! As we were looking around we stumbled on the 1932 Chevrolet
which had a look similar although smaller to our Studebaker and had a much better
price point! So after much negotiation we bought it and had it shipped from CA.
The condition of the car when we bought it looked fairly good from a first look but
when looking closer we knew there were many things that needed attention particularly
the paint condition, some of the upholstery, engine bay, some mechanicals and etc.
Over the past year we have done most of the work needed and are now at a point where
it is ready to be confidently driven and enjoyed. However as anyone who owns knows,
there is always “things” to be done!
I was able to piece together some of it’s past history from the previous owner and
In May 1972 a Gary Brown sold the car to a Vincent Mecca in reasonably good original
The body was repaired wherever necessary by a professional and the car was repainted
in Nov 1975. Vincent Mecca used it and looked after it for 25 years. During his ownership
in the 1990’s the engine was rebuilt, including the transmission and rear end with
new bearings in the axles along with much other restoration work. He died in 2000
and the car was then stored for 8 years by the family.
It was then sold in May 2008 to the previous owner and he began a mini restoration
including rebuilding the starter and generator.
Since owning it we have continued to keep the car in good condition by doing more
restoration work including some of the upholstery, having the carburetor rebuilt
professionally, the clutch professionally serviced, wheels painted, and engine painted.
A new large 6 volt battery was installed in late 2015. New bulbs in all lights including
Quartz Halogen headlights. New dash control knobs were installed plus a myriad of
other smaller jobs.
The “Baby Cadillac”
In the early years of the Depression (1929 on) all US auto companies were struggling
to make sales.
· In 1932 Chevrolet unveiled their brand new stylishly designed cars as Roadsters,
Coupes, Landau, Coach 2 door & Sedans in 4 door.
· This 4 door sedan was nicknamed by Chevrolet dealers as the “Baby Cadillac” as
it had many new innovative features and options over previous models and over Fords
at that time.
· Some of the original options included on this car are roller blinds on 3 windows,
rope hand holds for rear access, 2 vases, foot rest for rear passengers, two fender
mounted spare wheels and monogrammed covers, front external wind deflectors, external
mirrors mounted on spare wheels, front large fog lamp, twin chromed front-mounted
trumpet horns, front cabin heater, front pull-out glove tray, wind up clock in rear
view mirror, 4 chromed hood doors on each side, etc.
· It has the tried and proven in-line six, the so called “cast iron wonder” stove
bolt 6 which was introduced in 1929 and soon won a great reputation for dependability
and economical service.
· It also has a unique feature called “freewheeling” which when engaged allows gear
changes without the use of the clutch.
Chevrolet production in 1932 was 323,100 less than half of pre-depression years.
Today Chevrolet makes almost 2 million cars and trucks.
§ Engine capacity 194 cu in, 60hp, with ‘valve in head’ configuration.
§ Car weighs 2,715 pounds
§ Original price in 1932… $575.00
Great lines and showing the mounting of the spare wheel and cover.
From my 1929 Studebaker President 8 to our
1932 Chevrolet Confederate Sedan Deluxe!
The heater which is really quite hidden up under the passenger front side.
The pull-out accessory tray originally a dealer option on the Deluxe models.
The original upholstery was a tan color mohair, but when I purchased it had become
a very dirty swampy-brown color. Recently updated to a nice burgundy.
Two views of the engine after the recent “paint-over”
1932 Chevrolet Confederate 4 Door Sedan Deluxe
California Original Barn Find
1990’s Frame Up Restoration Kept Original as Possible
Rebuilt 194 Engine
Rebuilt 3 Speed Trans w/ Granny Low
Further Restoration and Improvements in 2008 and 2015
It has been driven approx 18,300 miles since Original Restoration
Privacy Shades on 3 rear windows
Original Rope Handles and Flower Vases
Tires, Rims, Hubcaps, Period Correct
Wheels and Engine repainted in 2015
Working Wind-up Clock in Rear View Mirror Keeps
Original 6 Volt Electrical System with Rebuilt Starter and Generator
New Heavy Duty Battery in late 2015
Cabin Heater plus pull-out Accessory Tray
Travel Trunk with Period Correct Suitcase
In CA Show Including 2nd In Belmont Concours d'Eleganz
And four recent Best in Class trophies in Florida
Runs and Drives Great and a Head Turner wherever it goes
Some of the features of the 1932 Chevrolet Confederate Sedan Deluxe!
Roy & Ikke McGreevy’s 1932 Chevrolet Confederate 4 door Sedan Deluxe